November 22, 2022

What the Spirit of His Dead Aunt Told Saint Iakovos of Evia

Saint Iakovos Tsalikes said:

"Since I was a child, I go to the cemetery every day and think about death. All my relatives have died. Anyway, I commemorate an aunt of mine. I saw the aunt also and she told me:

'Ah, my nephew Iakovos, thank you for what you are sending me. You send me a lot, but you know there are other people who are unfortunate and hungry and have no one in the world to think of them, to care for them.'

That's why we have the Saturday of Souls, they are for all Christians. And I said to her:

'How do I know who is in need?'

'You know,' she tells me, 'what hunger they have. Send to them as you send to me, send to others who are in need and what they lack, because they need prayer and they need the Divine Liturgy.'

Almsgiving and Supplications are all good, but especially the Divine Liturgy helps."

Source: From the book Γέρων Ιάκωβος, Διηγήσεις, νουθεσίες, μαρτυρίες. Translation by John Sanidopoulos.